The Beginning Of Knowledge

If you want to be wise, you’ve got to be humble before the Lord. The Lord is the one who gives wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wrote this in the first chapter of Proverbs:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

Wisdom and knowledge are not just freely bestowed, though. Wisdom and knowledge come through instruction. If you want to grow wise, you’ve got to listen to the wise. If you want to gain knowledge, you have to heed instruction. Fools despise the instruction that they are given says Solomon. Those who want wisdom and knowledge must first humble themselves under the instruction of the Lord. That means heeding His Word. God has given us His Word in order to instruct us in our lives. It is an instruction manual from the Maker of us all to teach us how to use what He has made to its fullest potential. We would be wise to listen to – and to do – what He says.

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